April 03, 2017 // Franchising.com // TAMPA, Fla. - Front Burner Brands, Inc., restaurant management company for premier fondue restaurant franchise, The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., announced today that its General Counsel, Bud Culp, has been named the Tampa Bay Business Journal's 2017 Top Corporate Counsel. Culp was also recognized in the individual category for Chief Legal Officer or General Counsel. The awards ceremony took place on March 15 at the Westshore Grand in Tampa and recognized 15 of the area's most respected legal professionals.
"We are extremely proud to see Bud's efforts recognized in the legal community of the Tampa Bay Area," said Bob Johnston, chief executive officer of Front Burner Brands. "Bud's expertise and guidance have proven to be invaluable to our business. His keen legal judgment and proven track record will continue to be an asset as we advance the development of Front Burner Brands."
Since joining Front Burner Brands in 2014, Culp has been responsible for all legal matters arising in the company's domestic and international restaurant business, including corporate, franchise disclosure and registration, contracts, intellectual property, employment, mergers and acquisitions and litigation management. His decision to bring in the brand's main sources of expenditure in-house has resulted in Front Burner Brand's legal spend to be reduced by 85 percent.
In addition, Culp has played an integral role for Front Burner Brand's restaurant development and acquisition in markets such as Mobile, Alabama; Pensacola, Florida; and Louisville, Kentucky. Most recently, Culp designed and implemented The Melting Pot's "Path to Grow" financing program, which enables Melting Pot franchisees to sell their restaurants to their best managers, who would otherwise be without the financial resources necessary to own their own businesses.
Front Burner is a franchise management company headquartered in Tampa, Florida. It is affiliated with the corporate owners of and its management services extended to The Melting Pot Restaurants, Inc., founded in 1975 with more than 120 restaurants in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. For more information, visit http://www.frontburnerbrands.com.
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